Faculty Profiles


Robbie Cohen joins the faculty of Stevens’ Software Engineering program after having spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry.  There she held positions ranging from technical contributor to executive.   While most of her telecom career was spent with Bell Laboratories, she also did multi-year stints at the Paradyne Corporation and Telcordia Technologies, as well as serving as an independent consultant.  Prior to joining Bell Laboratories in 1979, Robbie was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Linda Laird came to Stevens from Lucent where she was the Managing Director of Lucent Worldwide Services.  She had a 27-year career of software management and development, product management, and as CIO. She is currently the Director of the Software Engineering Program at the School of Systems and Enterprises, where she develops and teaches courses in Software Engineering.  Professor Laird received her BS Computer Science and MS Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has been the recipient of the Lucent CIO President's Award, Lucent Quality Achievement Award, Network Systems Quality Award.  She is the author of Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach, published in 2006 by Wiley.  Her research interests include estimation methodologies, complexity, and system safety and reliability.
Dr. Richard Turner has thirty years of experience in systems, software and acquisition engineering. He has developed and acquired software in the private and public sectors and consulted for government and commercial organizations. He is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Most recently, he was a Fellow at the Systems and Software Consortium, where he supported technical projects and provided technical exposure for the Consortium through publications, speaking and consulting. Ongoing work with DoD includes working with a wide range of research organizations to identify and transition new software-related technology and supporting the initiative to revitalize systems engineering in acquisition programs. A member of the author team for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), he has led process improvement initiatives in information technology, system engineering and software acquisition.

He conceived and evolved the concept of the DoD Acquisition Best Practices Clearinghouse. Currently being developed by Computer Sciences Corporation, the Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, and the Defense Acquisition University, the Clearinghouse is the first repository of context-specific empirical information about software and systems practices. He is co-author of three books: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed (Addison-Wesley, 2004), co-written with Barry Boehm, CMMIsm Distilled (Addison-Wesley 2000, 2004), and CMMI Survival Guide: Just enough Process Improvement, co-authored with Suzanne Garcia (Addison-Wesley 2007). Both CMMI titles are part of Addison-Wesley’s SEI Series in Software Engineering.